Blueprint Committee Accelerates Bannerman Road Construction, Other Projects

Blueprint Committee Accelerates Bannerman Road Construction, Other Projects

The Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency Board of Directors (IA Board) met today to address funding and project delivery for the first five years of the Blueprint 2020 program.

The end result was the approval of a schedule (Option C) that will begin the construction to improve Bannerman Road up to Tekesta Road beginning in the year 2023.

Two other options would have delayed action on Bannerman until 2030 and 2033, respectively.

Also, at a future date, the Board will take up the possibility of widening Bannerman Road up to Bull Headley road.

In an ironic twist, representatives from the Summerbrooke Homeowners Owners Association spoke against Option C based on the fact that more capacity on Bannerman Road would result in the acceleration of unwanted development in the area.

A proposed project in the area has resulted in heated debate between some residents, developers and the Leon County Commission.

The IA meeting provided updated estimates for sales tax revenues over the next 20 years, updated project cost estimates for the 27 Blueprint 2020 projects, as well as clear funding and implementation strategies for the Blueprint 2020 program including two bonding scenarios for the IA Board’s consideration.

The IA Board was provided with three options, shown in the table below. The funding options were built upon prior IA Board direction to prioritize and/or advance the Blueprint 2020 program.

In addition to Bannerman Road, Option C will accelerate work on the Monroe-Adams Corridor Placemaking project. Option C requires a $100 million bond.

The Bannerman Road construction is projected to cost approximately $39.8 million.

More details on Option C can be viewed here.

7 Responses to "Blueprint Committee Accelerates Bannerman Road Construction, Other Projects"

  1. I’m pretty sure that they are planning an overpass over the roundabout leading to another roundabout thats a four way Dukes of Hazzard style dirt pile jump into a Moebius Strip Mall.

  2. As someone who watched Orlando and Central FL go from a great area to live with lots of green space in the 1980s to a cement-covered, urban sprawl, traffic-choked mess by the 2000s, I detest what’s happening to Tallahassee now. New housing developments (with nature-themed names, ironic) that mow every tree down for many square acres and sprout cookie-cutter homes spaced 15 feet apart are popping up all over.
    We’re making the same mistakes that Central FL and South FL did long before us, and unless we change course, we’ll get the same result. I have nothing against the people who buy in these desolate, barren-of-trees home developments, but I have a lot against the developers who mow down the land and build such cheap, cookie-cutter blights.
    I do not wish to watch Tallahassee trade it’s lush tree-filled landscape and lifestyle for the almighty dollar. It’s an old FL game: the developers cozy up to the City and County Commissioners and officials, payola flows in back-channels and laundered cash deals to those same officials, and another sprawling development gets approved. The process repeats until the “target area” runs out of land and/or the elected officials put up a stop to it.

    1. Speaking of raping the land: please check out UpperEast development on the old Tony Garden’s Patch land (Thomasville & Lake Hall Rd)

      Mike – I couldn’t agree more. Having escaped Miami in 1989, I am particularly upset at what’s happened to Tallahassee just in the past few years. But to your “cheap, cookie-cutter blights” referring to many of these new developments with houses 15 apart, I wonder if you’ve noticed the Upper East dev. They are less than 15 feet apart and have ZERO property either in the front or the back! Seriously, it’s unbelievable. The county had other proposals for this property but denied them – lake protection, meanwhile they’re allowing 24 homes on 10 ac., 5 ac of which is taken up by a large drainage pond which usually looks very gross – filled in with murky rust colored water. But my point is – those houses are STARTING at $429,000!!

  3. Leon County keeps everyone in the dark over development issues, limiting hearing to after hours, and having very strong conflicts of interest with developers. Evidently Climate Change and Flooding Issues are never discussed. Tallahassee is not immune from hurricanes and flooding issues and the more trees and more concrete poured in heavily wooded areas will result in more flooding and damage to our ecosystem. The beauty of Tallahassee is being diminished for more suburban sprawl mattress outlets, fast food and outlet stores that will produce more ugliest to our area. . Time to elect new commissioners who actually appreciate Tallahassee’s Green Spaces and Oak and realize that “growth in the manner of environmental destruction” does not mean a better, healthier community. We need new commissioners and people who actually care about our neighborhoods and our green spaces.

  4. I feel sorry for people who got themselves locked into a mortgage in an HOA. Too much regular day to day annoying stuff to worry about. Then on top of that you add some BS like these shizz for brains committees and commissioners trying to build up the area with cheap homes and apartments that bring in low income statistically high crime residents which will totally down grade your property values. OMG I will say a prayer for you guys.
    That fenced 5 acres down in Wakulla or out near lake Talquin with a nice double-wide mobile home in the middle guarded by a few indoor and outdoor mean dogs while you are away at work is starting to look pretty good.

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